Following a disappointing defeat to one of the best teams in the NBA, the Chicago Bulls try to regroup and snap a long losing streak at New Jersey on Friday.

Chicago (19-13) lost 97-96 to Phoenix on Tuesday after Leandro Barbosa hit a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Pacific Division-leading Suns. The Bulls led by as many as 16 points in the first half and were up 10 in the fourth quarter.

"We had control of the game until the last three minutes," guard Chris Duhon said. "We could not get stops when we needed it. We lost a tough one. But tomorrow is a new day. You just forget about it. You learn from it. Now we are just going to focus on New Jersey."

The Nets (13-18) have won nine straight at home over the Bulls since a 100-94 loss on April 17, 2001. Chicago is averaging just 82.3 points and shooting 40.1 percent in those games.

The Bulls lost 100-99 in their only game at New Jersey last season, as Richard Jefferson converted a 3-point play with 1.5 seconds left to seal the win for the Nets. Chicago did manage to win both meetings at the United Center in 2005-06.

While the Bulls have had no luck in New Jersey the past five seasons, they have been one of the best teams in the league over the last month. Chicago has won 16 of its last 20 and has not lost two in a row since a six-game skid before this surge.

Ben Gordon has been leading the way, averaging 27.3 points and shooting 51.5 percent in his last nine contests. He had a career-high 41 points against the Suns for his ninth consecutive game with at least 20.

Gordon averaged 21.3 points against the Nets last season.

Guard Kirk Hinrich has missed the Bulls' last two games with a strained left groin, and is listed as questionable for Friday. Hinrich averaged 23.3 points against New Jersey last season, his second highest against any opponent.

The Nets haven't played since defeating Minnesota 100-92 on Saturday to win their second straight game. They've won back-to-back games on five separate occasions this season, but have yet to win three in a row.

Mikki Moore had a career-high 20 points and went 9-for-9 from the field against the Timberwolves. He also matched a season high with eight rebounds.

Moore has been thrust into New Jersey's starting lineup the last four games after Nenad Krstic went down with a season-ending knee injury on Dec. 22. He combined for 13 points and 11 rebounds in his first three starts, including a one-point game in the Nets' 91-81 win at Miami last Friday.

"To Mikki's credit, he was very disappointed in his performance," New Jersey coach Lawrence Frank said. "When a guy is committed to a team, he wants to make amends. Tonight, he was unbelievable."

Vince Carter had 14 points on Saturday, and although he's the 11th-highest scorer in the league with 25.4 points a game, he's averaging just 16.3 on 36.0 percent shooting in his last three contests.

Carter averaged 32.0 points against Chicago last season, including a 43-point effort in New Jersey's 104-101 loss on April 11.

Jason Kidd averaged just 6.3 points - his lowest against any opponent - on 17.9 percent (5-of-28) shooting against the Bulls in 2005-06.

These teams meet again next Thursday in Chicago.

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